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bashar al assad in march of 2011. >>> the huge shakeup at the cia as director david patraeus resigned because of an extra marital affair first reported by nbc news. nbc's chris clackum has more on the retired general's surprising revelations. >> reporter: in his resignation letter to president obama david patraeus, who took over at the cia in 2011, wrote, after being married for over 37 years i showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extra marital affair. such behavior is unacceptable both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. petraeus resigns just days after his boss won re-election, but president obama accepted it, saying about petraeus and his wife holly i wish them the very best at this difficult time. >> a little too soon to tell today because how soon this was but for lack of a better term petraeus is a legend. he is one of the few generals in american history to get so much credit for so many things. >> reporter: petraeus had been scheduled to testify at house and senate hearings next week on the terrorist attack in september on the american e
:30. >>> today the current cia leader will fill in congress. mike morrell went over the details of general petraeus' resignation with senate leader dianne feinstein and ranking republican saxby chambliss. meanwhile, leon panetta is offering his support to general john allen, who is also embroiled in the scandal. >> no one should leap to any conclusions here. general allen is doing an excellent job. at isap in leading those forces. he certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight. his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. and we will. >> marine general john allen is accused of sending and receiving inappropriate e-mails with jill kelley, a social liaison to a tampa air force base. kelley, who reportedly received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell, who was having an affair with former cia director general petraeus. >> jill kelley has no state department status. she's a volunteer. she didn't always give that impression. >> i'm an honorary consul general, so i have invulnerability. i don't know if
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